A new report claims that LG’s upcoming flagship smartphone will be available on Verizon in the coming months. According to Korean news outlet The Kyunghyang Shinmun, LG will launch the G2 in South Korea in early August, in North America sometime in September, and in Europe and other markets by October. The publication cites an unnamed LG executive who claims the G2 will arrive in the U.S. on Verizon. Recent FCC filings have revealed that both AT&T and T-Mobile will also offer the smartphone at some point this year. The latest rumors suggest that the G2 will be equipped with a 5.2-inch full HD 1080p display, a 2.3GHz Snapdragon 800 processor, 2GB of RAM and a 13-megapixel rear camera. LG is expected to announce the device at a press event on August 7th.
Verizon this week announced its fastest-ever FiOS service, but it may only go to show American consumers what a great deal Google Fiber is for those with access to it. The new FiOS Quantum service offers subscribers a very impressive 500Mbps connection that will also cost them a minimum of $310 per month, since Verizon mandates that users bundle television and Internet services. Comparable Google Fiber service, meanwhile, delivers a 1Gbps connection and television services for just $120 per month. What’s more, Google also has a standalone Internet option that goes for just $70 a month. So while Verizon deserves credit for ramping up its FiOS speeds to reach 500Mbps in select markets, it is somewhat discouraging that the service will only be affordable for customers who have a lot of cash to burn.
Since Motorola’s first Droid smartphone really helped put Android on the map in the United States, it’s only fitting that Motorola will now be the exclusive provider of Droid-branded devices on Verizon’s network. CNET reports that Motorola and Verizon have reached an exclusivity deal where Motorola will be the only company that sells smartphones with Verizon’s trademark Droid brand, ending an era when Verizon would sell Droid smartphones from other vendors such as HTC. The deal with Verizon doesn’t affect Motorola’s plan to sell its upcoming Moto X flagship smartphone through multiple carriers, however, which explains why Motorola is having a separate event for the device on August 1st.
Motorola and Verizon teamed up and introduced three new Droid smartphones at a press conference on Tuesday. The Droid Mini, Droid Ultra and Droid Maxx are each equipped with a 720p display, 1.7GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 Pro processor with a customized X8 mobile computing system, 2GB of RAM, a 2-megapixel front-facing camera and a 10-megapixel camera on the back, which can be activated with a simple twist of the wrist. All three devices feature a unibody design and what Motorola calls a “3D fiber weave Kevlar pattern” on the back. More →
The Droid brand is largely responsible for Android’s success in the United States. Verizon’s massive marketing budget and large subscriber pool helped Google’s operating system reach new heights with the release of the Motorola Droid, Droid X and Droid RAZR, among others. Following Google’s acquisition of Motorola, and with HTC and Samsung pushing their own brands, the number of Droid-branded devices has dramatically decreased over the past few years. But the latest rumors suggest that Motorola and Verizon have teamed up once again on three new smartphones — the Droid Ultra, Droid Maxx and Droid mini. Are these the Droids we’ve all been waiting for? Verizon’s Droid press conference is set to begin at 12:00 p.m. EDT, 9:00 a.m. PDT, and BGR’s live coverage follows below.
Verizon and Motorola might not have been the first duo to launch an Android smartphone, but Verizon’s exclusive Motorola Droid undoubtedly played a huge role in making Android what it is today. Since that epic first handset debuted in 2009, Motorola and Verizon have reunited a number of times to launch new Droid-branded phones like the Droid RAZR series and the Droid X. Now, they will come together yet again to unveil the latest and greatest Motorola has to offer. Verizon is holding a press conference in New York City on Tuesday and three brand new smartphones are expected to be unveiled: the Droid Ultra, Droid Maxx and Droid mini. Details and images of all three handsets have already leaked extensively, but will Verizon have a few surprises in store for us?
Bookmark this link, which will go live shortly before the event begins today, and make sure to head there for our live coverage of Verizon’s press conference! Coverage will begin just before the event is scheduled to start at 12:00 p.m. EDT / 9:00 a.m. PDT.
AT&T made claims last week that didn’t sit well with Verizon Wireless. In a series of advertisements, AT&T said that it now operates America’s most reliable 4G LTE network. A Verizon spokesperson previously told BGR that “AT&T can make up whatever claim they want,” adding that Verizon will “let consumers make the ultimate decision.” Building on that response, the company also took out an advertisement in The Wall Street Journal on Monday. As spotted by CNET, Verizon acknowledged that “others have tried to claim reliability,” adding that reliability is “not a hollow claim. Or a slogan. Or a fancy ad campaign.” The company also cited its track record for reliability and recent investments it has made to further improve its network, along with third-party data from RootMetrics that praised its call, text and data performance. Verizon’s full ad follows below. More →
Last week, Bloomberg revealed that T-Mobile is now expected to grow contract subscribers in the second quarter of 2013. The surprise development is likely tied to the relatively aggressive, $70 monthly plan with unlimited data that T-Mobile launched in early spring. Yet this week, Verizon announced hot spring numbers, including 41% growth in iPhone activations compared to 2Q 2012. Verizon in turn is probably benefiting from being a relatively late adopter of the iPhone franchise and it is probably still bringing in consumers who waited for Verizon to get the iPhone before switching from other carriers. More →
When AT&T first landed the iPhone, the company’s network struggled to handle the rush of new smartphone owners. Dropped calls, failed messages and slow data speeds were the norm for many subscribers. AT&T’s reputation took a major hit, while at the same time Verizon built up its service to become America’s most reliable network — a statement the company still advertises to this day. AT&T has come a long way, however. Along with operating the fastest LTE network in the U.S., the company now claims its data network is more reliable than Verizon’s. In an advertisement spotted by CNET, AT&T notes that it operates “the nation’s fastest and now most reliable 4G LTE network,” citing an independent study conducted by an unnamed third-party firm. A Verizon spokesperson told BGR that “AT&T can make up whatever claim they want,” adding that Verizon will “let consumers make the ultimate decision.” An image of AT&T’s advertisement follows below. More →
With U.S. wireless carriers’ revenue growth in jeopardy, they now have no choice but to use new fees and new tricks in order to increase sales. As T-Mobile leads the way, carriers that once discouraged early smartphone upgrades have now found a way to use consumers’ desire for the latest and greatest handsets to their advantage. First came “JUMP” from T-Mobile, then AT&T followed suit, and now Verizon has confirmed “Edge,” a new plan that will allow users to upgrade their devices more frequently than once every two years. More →
Verizon on Thursday posted its results for the second quarter of 2013. Wall Street was looking for earnings to climb 14% to $0.72 per share on sales totaling $29.81 billion, and Verizon narrowly beat the consensus, posting $0.73 in EPS on light revenues of $27.8 billion. In the same quarter last year, Verizon reported a profit of $0.64 per share on $28.55 billion in sales. Verizon’s earnings totaled $2.25 billion last quarter including a one-time pension benefit, up from $1.83 billion in the same quarter last year. Verizon said it added 1 million net new wireless subscribers in Q2 2013, including 941,000 contract customers. Verizon now reports 100.1 million total retail connections, which is up 6.3% over Q2 2012. About 64% of Verizon’s contract wireless customers were smartphone users at the end of the second quarter, and Verizon said it activated 3.9 million iPhones during the June quarter, up 44% on-year.
Anyone who has been waiting for a new Droid smartphone likely doesn’t have much longer to wait. Verizon has sent out invitations for a press conference on July 23rd, when it promises to “unveil the next generation of one of our most popular family of devices,” which is a pretty clear reference to Motorola’s Droid line of smartphones. We already know from earlier leaks that Motorola is planning to launch three new Droid devices this summer that will reportedly be called the Droid Ultra, the Droid Maxx and the Droid Mini. The new Droids are just a sideshow for Motorola, however, as the company is saving the announcement of its new Moto X flagship device for later this summer.
Last week, Bloomberg reported that T-Mobile is about to announce the first quarter of contract subscriber growth since 2010. The timing of the Bloomberg bombshell was interesting, because just one day later Sprint unveiled new contract pricing. Sprint brought down the price of its cheapest mobile plan featuring unlimited data from $110 to $80. This new contract is fairly similar to the $70 unlimited plan T-Mobile launched last March. If T-Mobile has discovered new traction with its bargain plan — and if Sprint is now feeling pressure to mimic the emphasis on budget customers — it could be a sign that the U.S. mobile market is in trouble. More →